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Muscari azureum (Grape hyacinth)

Muscari azureum Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Muscari azureum muss-KAR-ee ah-ZURE-ee-um Common Name: Grape hyacinth Synonyms: Hyacinthus azureus, Pseudomuscari azureum Genus: Muscari
Grape hyacinths are hardy, easy to grow, and have long-lasting blooms--no garden should be without them. They are particularly spectacular when allowed to naturalize, whether under trees, along a pathway, tucked into ground covers, or in a bed. This species blooms early, in March in some areas. It has sky-blue frilled bells with indigo stripes. Although the blossoms aren't long-lived, they self-sow freely, providing more flowers to enjoy the following year.
Noteworthy characteristics: Fragrant. Good early color. Can be forced. Adaptable to various growing conditions, but must have well-drained soil.
Care: Generally problem free but prone to viruses.
Propagation:

 Divide when dormant; remove offsets in summer; sow seed in containers in a cold frame in fall.


Problems:

 Generally problem free but prone to viruses.


Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Spring; Spring
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest
Type Bulbs

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